Interviews

Read below about some of the biggest artists in the business before they come to perform in Hong Kong and Macau.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
I wanted to be a DJ ever since heard a DJ Hype mix CD for the first time and saw a picture of him standing behind some decks. I was only about 13 years old at the time and I could not believe that he had mixed all this cool music on these old record players I thought only parents used!
 
I was also making tunes in my bedroom back then but it took many years before they sounded any good!


Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
Probably in 1992 hearing Fabio and Grooverider on a recorded onto tape set from an event called 'Fantazia' at Castle Donnington, I was aged just 13 and hearing this energetic music being mixed together really excited me a lot and it definitely ignoted a big passion for the music.

Will this be your first time in Hong Kong? 
No, luckily its my 3rd time now :)


Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?

I felt in love with DJing in 1987 when I saw my uncle playing at a wedding. I was 11 years old. 2 years later, he stopped and gave me 2 turntables, a mixer and his record collection. From there, I've started to buy records and mix them together. My uncle and my father have been my biggest inspiration. They were listening to Supertramp, Gino Soccio, Abba, New Order, Michael Jackson, Queen, Human League, etc... And all the disco and synth pop from the 80's.


Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?

I think it has to be Fatboy Slim, Coldcut and DJ Yoda. I somehow had a bunch of copied CDs and minidiscs when i was a school (which wasnt that long ago). Fatboy Slim - gangsta trippin was on a now compilation, Coldcut was on a Ninja Tune cd i nicked from my dad's girlfriend and DJ Yoda was being passed around the school like a naked picture of a hot girl. i didnt really know how to describe the music and i still don't. That is the way I think about my music, I dont want you to be able to describe it, I just want you to watch a live show or listen to a track. oh yea... also Dr Dre - 2001 - that sh*t made me start producing for real!!!


hkclubbing.com got the chance to chat with Jaguar Skills before his first ever show in Hong Kong at FLY. Read on to find out what he thinks of Bruce Lee, what he got for Xmas from himself and of course what we can expect on the 11th February.


hkclubbing.com caught up with John Digweed before he performs at HYDE on the 16th December 2011. We asked him a few questions during his busy schedule.

hkclubbing: We heard there maybe a new Bedrock residency returning to London - announced but no details of who, where etc. Any bits of news you can share with us?
John Digweed: We are going to announce the full details next weekend I am very excited about getting back to a regular gig in London, The venue is great and I will be playing most of the night.


A common question I am sure, but I’ve got to ask, where does your name Gramophonedzie come from?
It was a practical joke. I used to play together with my friend Sasha, that’s how gramophonedzie started to live. We played party for friends and we were dressed like 2guys from our very old and very popular 1960’s tv show called ‘’Kamiondzije’’which means‘’truck(lorry) drivers’’. Someone on the party mentioned that as a joke. So I just needed few seconds to mash-up Gramophones and Kamiondzie = Gramophonedzie. That’s the story.

What was your greatest influence growing up (musically or otherwise)?

I had influences from many , many different musicians. I love to listen all kinds of music and I think this diversity brought me to experiment with music. I was really into everything from Hard metal to classical music.


International DJ, Model, (Record & Fashion) Label Boss, all round Globetrotter and born in Hong Kong, Scarlett Etienne is hkclubbing.com’s kind of girl. We sit down and chat with Scarlett ahead of her gig on 24th September.


Grammy Award winning Italian DJ Benny Benassi checks into Splash volume 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Macau on September 24th. hkclubbing.com sits down with the ‘Godfather of Electro’ to talk music, pool parties and cycling.

HKClubbing: Hi Benny, your recent album “Electroman” features a number of collaborations with various R’n’B and Hip Hop stars. What was it like working with these artists and how does it differ from the ‘traditional’ Benassi sound?

Benny Benassi: Hi there. I guess everyone knows I work in the studio with Alle Benassi, my producer and musician (and cousin). We wanted to make an album where we could “apply” the traditional Benassi sound to different vocal styles. So in one sense, it’s a continuation of some of the stuff we were experimenting on “Rock n Rave” and the principle is the same as the Benassi Bros albums of a few years back. But our sound has evolved and we’re working with really great artists internationally, so it’s a great plan for us.

Benny Benassi mix by TimeOutNewYork

HKC: Your track with Chris Brown ‘Beautiful People’ was a critically acclaimed and commercial success. Recent years have seen a rise in Electronic Music and R’n’B / Hip collaborations. Although you aren’t new to this (if you haven’t already heard it check out Benny’s Grammy Award Winning remix of Public Enemy’s ‘Bring the Noise’) why do you think more R’n’B stars are looking to electronic music for inspiration?

BB: Yes, ‘Beautiful People’ is doing really well. I think RnB and Hip Hop are genres that are always looking for new sounds and right now they’ve “discovered” electronic music, which is, by its nature, quite experimental, so it’s a good match, I think.

HKC: Many people may not know that you are a keen cyclist, in fact you recently toured California and cycled between gigs! Tell us what this experience was like and why you chose to do this.

BB: It was amazing. I wanted to do it because it was a challenge. I wanted to combine my two great passions, cycling and music. And I wanted to send out a positive environmentally friendly message to the world of club music. I need to thank the team of people who cycled with me and everyone who made it possible.

HKC: You recently played in Ibiza, still the Mecca for electronic music fans in many people’s eyes. What were this year’s ‘White Isle’ highlights for you?

BB: I played at Pacha at the Swedish House Mafia party. It’s a great party. I love those guys.


In Paris, the duo are well known around the nightlife and dinner lounge circuit, but you needn't have gone that far to have heard of them, as they are making waves in Hong Kong and around Asia as well.

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